Christmas cupcakes for kids

Since my basic cupcake decorating class I went for in 2010, I promised Alicia (and myself) to bake cupcakes for her *some day*. After two long years, I finally kept my promise to her and here’s my very first attempt at baking Christmas cupcakes for kids! 🙂

These are definitely amateur and my icing didn’t even turn out the way I wanted it to be because of my mixer but oh well, the cupcakes still looked pretty and the icing was still tasty and refreshing because of the lemon juice.

We made lemon poppy seed cupcakes – I know it hardly sounds festive so I made sure the decorations made up for it.

Lemon poppyseed cupcake

Grated lemon zest

Poppy seed

Poppy seeds my friend brought back from the US for me

Lemon poppy seed cupcakes

Lemon poppy seed cupcakes all done!

And after it cooled, Alicia and I decorated the cupcakes:

Christmas cupcakes for kids

christmas cupcakes for kids

christmas cupcakes for kids


I used a recipe a dear friend gave me which she adapted from, and it turned out delicious! Even if you don’t make any icing or glaze, these cupcakes are yummy on their own.

Christmas cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12-14
Dressed up Lemon poppy seed cupcakes for Christmas as a kid-pleasing dessert for Christmas.
  • 130g fine sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 250g self-raising flour sifted
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 50ml milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 113g melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • Icing
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. Combine all the dry ingredients.
  2. Prepare all the 'wet' ingredients.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together. don't over-stir.
  4. When almost thoroughly mixed, add poppy seeds.
  5. Preheat oven to 200deg C.
  6. Bake for 17-20mins or until browned/golden tops.
  7. While cupcakes are in the oven, prepare the icing.
  8. Combine the icing ingredients together and whisk till well combined. (I couldn't get mine to become fluffy; it ended up too stiff to be piped because of my mixer but it was malleable enough to be rolled out and placed over the cupcake, much like fondant so I just made do.)
  9. After the cupcakes have cooled, use a knife to level the cupcake then decorate your cupcakes.


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4 Responses to Christmas cupcakes for kids

  1. Cute cupcakes.. I’m sure they tasted lovely too!!
    Dominique Goh recently posted…Building Biologist: Am I an Insect?My Profile

  2. Omg, they look so freaking good…. I want to reuse this recipe and reinvent it for the valentines day. Thanks for the idea, I am excited to try it.
    Christina Walsh recently posted…Lemonade Diet – ideas and suggestions related to lemonade dietMy Profile

    • simplymommie says:

      Thanks Christina! Do link back when you make these for Valentines day! Would certainly love to see your beautiful cupcakes!

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